American Government: Historical, Popular, and Global Perspectives, Brief Edition

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Cengage Learning, Jan 5, 2009 - Political Science - 624 pages
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Generating thoughtful discussion can be a challenge with today's sometimes politically indifferent students. The authors of AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: HISTORICAL, POPULAR, & GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES tackle this issue with a streamlined and visually appealing version of their more comprehensive text that helps you create a lively, engaging classroom. Well-organized and easy to understand, this brief edition is a handy, less expensive paperback your students will refer to long after completing your course.
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Contents

Perspectives on American Government
2
The Founding and the Constitution
24
Federalism
52
Civil Liberties
78
Civil Rights Equality and Social Movements
108
Congress
136
The Presidency
166
The Federal Bureaucracy
196
Political Parties
332
Voting and Participation
360
Campaigns and Elections
390
American Economic Policy
422
American Social Policy
448
American Foreign Policy
470
APPENDIX
499
Glossary
515

The Judiciary
222
Public Opinion
252
Interest Groups
278
The Media and Politics
304
Notes
529
Credits
541
Index
543
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Professor Kenneth Dautrich (Ph.D., Rutgers University) teaches public opinion and public policy in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on public opinion about the news media and free expression rights. He has authored a number of books and articles including THE FUTURE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT (Roman and Littlefield, 2008), THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE MEDIA IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and HOW THE NEWS MEDIA FAIL THE AMERICAN VOTER (Columbia University Press, 1999). He is currently finishing a book entitled THE PARADOX OF PUBLIC OPINION (Oxford University Press). Dautrich has conducted many public polls on media, voting, and public policy issues for organizations such as TIME Magazine, THE FREEDOM FORUM, and a variety of state and federal government agencies. He has been a research fellow at The Freedom Forum's Media Studies Center and Rutgers University's Heldrich Center. He has also served as policy advisor for Governor Jodi Rell. His research on public attitudes about the First Amendment has been supported by the Media Studies Center and the Knight Foundation.

An associate professor of Political Science, Dr. Yalof's teaching and research specialties include constitutional law, judicial politics, the Presidency, and American government. His publishing credits include articles and textbooks alike, including the award-winning PURSUIT OF JUSTICES: PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND THE SELECTION OF SUPREME COURT NOMINEES. Dr. Yalof holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

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